November 25

Authority, Part 3: Doing His Will

Ephesians 1:19b-21 …according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

Philippians 2:9-11 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth….

Revelation 19:16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Today’s devotional is simple. The Lord God is the sovereign authority. He is the Great Authority in the universe. He is the Great Authority over all creation. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords when it comes to earthly power. And as God, our Creator, and our Savior, He is our Sovereign Authority as well.

God has presented Himself in many roles and facets in His word. He is Father, Lord, Almighty God, Husband to His people, and the Lord our Righteousness, our peace, our healing, our banner, etc. Knowing these various names and aspects of God allows us to see and experience Him in many ways, and this is His will.

In terms of authority, He is it. If “all roads lead to Rome” was a historic axiom, there is the greater, eternal truth in that all concepts and issues of authority lead to God. The downside of this is that this is too much for us to get our heads around. The upside is that this reality makes life easier. How? Well, if God is our Authority—all knowing, all powerful—then all we need to know is if something is God’s will or not. Yes, it’s that simple. If God convicts and directs by His Holy Spirit, then we only need to know what He wants us to do, including how and when. If His word says something, then that provides our direction.

We don’t have to figure out the entire situation first. We don’t have to come up with the solution to “fix the problem.” We don’t have to get anyone else to do anything. We merely have to seek His will and do it. That’s our portion, and that’s our responsibility.

If He is the Sovereign Authority over all, then He knows everything and He knows best what He wants us to do. Far too much of our mental and emotional energy is spent trying to understand, as if our understanding releases wisdom and power. There is something, however, that does release His wisdom and power: our obedience.

Let’s all take a big breath and back away from the drive to understand everything that’s going on before we act. Of course, our natural tendency will be to try to do that, and sometimes we need to get a partial understanding of what’s going on to get the wisdom of God. But the great news is that once we know His will, we’ve reached our true goal, and we can go ahead and act in obedience, fully trusting in the wisdom and love of our Sovereign Lord.

Prayer: Father, change my thinking and my habits so that I seek Your will before I work to seek an understanding that’s beyond my limited capacities in the first place. Your will is my one desire—finding it and doing it. Help me to sharpen my heart’s focus on that.

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